The opening chapter of the book of Ruth punched me in the face this week. I learned from just about every character in the story. From Naomi I learned that I must not let my feelings dictate my faith. I learned from Orpah that if you quit when it’s hard you will miss out. I learned from Elimelech that running away from God when He is trying to get your attention never solves anything. From Mahlon and Chilion I realized that those are terrible names. And from Ruth I saw that even if just about everyone around you is making mistakes and everything is falling apart, God still has a plan and you can still choose to participate in that grand adventure. No one can stop you from trusting that God is in control.